Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Photo: Scott Woodbury

Hummingbird Haven

The Hummingbird Haven is similar to the Butterfly Berm, concentrating on masses of nectar producing flowers of various, vibrant hues including Blue Sage, Yellow Honeysuckle, Foxglove Beardtongue, and Red Buckeye.


The addition of a hummingbird feeder or water mister can keep the ruby-throated wonders around from mid-spring to early fall.


  1. Yellow Honeysuckle – on trellis (Lonicera flava)
  2. Royal Catchfly (Silene regia)
  3. Blue Sage (Salvia azurea)
  4. Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
  5. Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
  6. Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
  7. Garden Phlox
  8. Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
  9. Purple Beardtongue
  10. Rose Verbena (Glandularia canadensis)

Native landscaping isn’t just for the back yard! If you want to establish a formal native shade garden for your front yard or other area, this  plan can help you. This Front Yard Formal article by Scott Woodbury from the spring 2019 issue of the Missouri Prairie Journal is a companion to this plan, and contains photos of many of the featured plants. Learn more about plants featured in this plan from this audio file from Scott, and learn more about the plants’ growth habits from this audio file from Scott. The following practices apply to plantings where some degree of control is desired. That is, these design elements will help produce a garden that looks as though it was thoughtfully designed and planned as opposed to a naturalistic meadow or recreated prairie where plants grow more randomly.